The Must List: April

Our top to-dos for the month

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Catch a Rising Star
National Film Festival for Talented Youth
What began in 2007 as the brainchild of local filmmaker Jesse Harris (then 19 years old) has blossomed into the multi-day, mondo-fun National Film Festival for Talented Youth, screening upwards of 130 films—covering a range of topics, from social justice to sports to autobiography to music videos—made by filmmakers ages 22 and younger (some as young as 7!) from all over the world. Don’t miss the free “Best of NFFTY” screening (Friday, April 30, 8 p.m. at Seattle Center). 4/29–5/2. Times and prices vary.

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Mariners Opening Day
Mariners fans are hoping this season shapes up to be one for the record books—thanks to Cliff Lee, Chone Figgins, Casey Kotchman and, of course, Ichiro and Felix. With fresh zeal (and a killer one-two pitching punch), players and fans alike are daring to visualize a season that recaptures SoDo mojo and brings back the Magical Mariners of 1995. Opening Day: 4/12. 3:40 p.m. Prices vary. Safeco Field, 1250 First Ave. S.

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Boeing Factory Tour—with Dreamliner
It’s not a dream. Given the production delays, it may be hard to believe the Boeing Dreamliner is ready for its close-up, but see for yourself via the Boeing factory tour, during which the 186-foot-long 787, in various stages of completion, is yours to admire (from the elevated walkways; provided you’re at least 4 feet tall), along with old standbys (747, 767 and 777). Times and prices vary. Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour, 8415 Paine Field Blvd., Everett 425.438.8100.

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Outrigger Championship Race
Can’t afford a trip to the tropics this year? The spirit of aloha comes to you when the Sail Sand Point Outrigger Canoe Club hosts the PNW Orca Winter Series Championship. Long popular in Hawaii, the sport has also enchanted the Northwest—so much so that races take place all year long. This month, the seven-mile championship is expected to draw more than 70 competitors from across the region. Stroke! 4/10. 11 a.m. Free. North end of Magnuson Park, Lake Washington. For details, visit,

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